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Vicki Biggs-Anderson is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, Vicki shares a bit about her life and the lessons she learns tending her north woods homestead and farm.
Welcome back to Magnetic North where the air is filled with winged things, and not the kind with feathers!
No, I speak not of the dread mosquito, or black fly or no-seeum, but of butterflies. For some reason, the population of Monarch and Swallowtails is way, way up this season. With the first blossoming of dandelions on our backyard lawn, the burnt orange Monarchs literally swarmed above the ocean of yellow fuzz balls.
My granddaughter, Jane, stood in the cloud of Monarchs with her arms literally cutting through the waves of the jeweled insects above and around her. A photo op if ever there was one!
A few days later, the Swallowtails appeared. These are the mustardy gold butterflies with black tipping on their wings. As if being beautiful weren’t enough, the Swallowtails show off by grouping on a patch of ground, usually a sunny patch of gravel. Once a critical mass forms, the littl...
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Vicki Biggs-Anderson is a volunteer producer at WTIP North Shore Community Radio. Each week, Vicki shares a bit about her life and the lessons she learns tending her north woods homestead and farm. In this edition of Magnetic North, Vicki takes a moment to bask in the beauty of butterflies.OUTRO:
That was Magnetic North from WTIP North Shore Community Radio, online at wtip.org. Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Support for this feature comes from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.